Thursday, December 6, 2012
A decade after the residents tried to get a community center developed, planning is underway for another option.
Do your kids need something to do after school? Do seniors need a better place to relax? Does your group or club need a place to gather? What do you think about one place for all of these activities and more? Last night the Holliston Board of Selectmen tackled these questions and more when they appointed the Community Center Task Force at their meeting. "This is something we've been talking about in town for years," Selectman Kevin Conley said. The newly formed group will begin the planning process by looking at all of the needs groups like Youth and Family Services, Veterans Services, the Senior Center and Parks and Recreation have. Conley said after they have come up with "the ideal situation," the next step will be to look at land and …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
While not what the firefighters asked for, the selectmen's recommendation would cover insurance costs and then some.
When Fire Chief Michael Cassidy presented a $214,000 increase to firefighter pay, the selectmen said they needed to review the request. Last night, the selectmen voted to approve a pay increase although not as much as had been requested. "In the end, it needs to be something that is sustainable and something that is affordable," Selectman Jay Leary said. The initial request from the fireman was for increased stipends, however after reviewing the various forms of payment the firefighters get the board decided to spread the increase to other forms of payment "Across the board I think this is a really, really good proposal," Selectman Jay Marsden said. "Everyone gets a bump and we covered all of the underlying issues." The firefighters will …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Selectmen met with members of the Holliston Fire Department last night to discuss possible stipend increases.
Last night the Holliston Board of Selectmen stepped out of Town Hall and in to the Holliston Fire Department to discuss stipend increases with the town’s firefighters. The meeting had been in the works for several weeks but discussions recently came to a head when Fire Chief Michael Cassidy presented the stipend plan to the selectmen. While Selectman Jay Leary said he was unconvinced that the $214,000 amount was practical, the firefighters wanted to make sure they got their just deserts. “We’re going to look at the numbers and try to understand it and figure out if we can come up with the money,” Leary said. Leary said he was particularly concerned with carrying the cost down the road. Stipend increase talks with the firefighters began …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Last night the Selectmen had a discussion with Fire Chief Michael Cassidy about an increase to firefighter stipends.
Fire Chief Michael Cassidy presented the case for a stipend increase to the Board of Selectmen last night. His point was that for all of the time firefighters spend on call and in training they deserve a higher stipend amount. "In order to maintain our staffing model, we need a compensation package which reflects the sacrifices these professionals make throughout the year," Cassidy said. "Even with the proposed increase, our personnel costs would still be a fraction of the costs of other nearby departments, while providing many times more coverage and true surge capacity." The proposed increase he spoke about worked out to roughly $1 per hour each firefighter is on call, calculated out the chief said the total increase would be $214,000 …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Last night the Holliston Board of Selectmen met to discuss their objectives and goals, accessibility and communication topped the list.
The Holliston Board of Selectmen have a lot of goals on their plate, but there was one thing they said would make everything easier. "We want to get the information out to people as easily as possible," Kevin Conley said. "The website is a key driver of that." The current website, which has had more than 650,000 visitors since it launched in 2002, is missing many of the tools that selectmen would like to see for the community. Two of Jay Leary's suggestions included a frequently asked question section, which he said could save time by reducing the number of repeat questions, and a question drop box, which would increase accessibility to start a conversation with the selectmen and other town departments. Other changes the selectmen …
Monday, August 22, 2011
Selectmen will discuss building permits for Planet Aid, disclosure forms for Municipal Health Insurance Reform and appointments to the Website Committee.
On Friday, Town Administrator Paul LeBeau released the agenda for the Monday, Aug. 15 meeting of the Board of Selectmen at 7:30 p.m. in Room 105 of the Town Hall. The board will discuss building permits for Planet Aid, disclosure forms for Municipal Health Insurance Reform and appointments to the Website Committee.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The board met in a short session Monday night.
The Holliston Board of Selectmen held a 35-minute meeting at Town Hall Monday night. Among other things, the board discussed desired upgrades to the town's website. Selectmen have established a Website Development Committee, which has three members with a fourth person possibly coming aboard soon. Selectman Chairman Jay Marsden said the board would like to have five members on the committee before any specific adjustments to the website are made. At some point, the town will post a community satisfaction survey, which will solicit opinions from residents about the town's operations and what improvements can be made. Meanwhile, Town Administrator Paul LeBeau spoke about the cost of repairs to the Town Hall's damaged chimneys. According to …